Oatmeal-Berry Bars

Oatmeal-Berry Bars

Source: Pulse Canada

Yield: Makes 16 squares

Nutrition (1 square)

Calories 194;
Protein 4 g;
Fat 7 g;
Carbohydrates 29 g;
Sodium 58 mg;
Saturated Fat 4 g;
Potassium 217 mg;
Fibre 3 g;
Qty.Ingredient
1 cwhite bean flour250 mL
1 cpure uncontaminated rolled oats**250 mL
1/2 cpacked dark brown sugar125 mL
1 1/2 tspxanthan gum7 mL
3/4 tspcinnamon4 mL
1/4 tspground allspice1 mL
1/4 tsptable salt1 mL
1/2 cunsalted butter or buttery spread, melted125 mL
2 tspvanilla extract, divided10 mL
2/3 cberry preserves or berry jam150 mL

PREPARATION TIME: 10 MIN. / BAKING TIME: 20 TO 25 MIN.

1 Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Line an 8-inch square nonstick pan with foil that extends over the edges to make handles for easy removal. Grease the foil.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the white bean flour, oats, sugar, xanthan gum, cinnamon, allspice and salt until thoroughly blended. Add the melted butter and 1 tsp (5 ml) of the vanilla and mix with a spatula until crumbly. Press 1 cup (250 ml) of this mixture firmly and evenly on the bottom of the pan.

3. Mix the remaining tsp of vanilla with the preserves and spread evenly on top. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the preserves and pat firmly to make an even crust.

4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Cool bars in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Use the foil handles to lift the bars onto a cutting board. Cool completely before cutting.